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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Mar 28, 2009 11:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Get out the way

My first tape was an old Ampex--that's right, Ampex--of Lehigh Univ. 9/25/81

I had heard plenty of other bootlegs before but this was the first one I'd owned, given to me by my girlfriend as a birthday gift when I was 15 or 16 years old. Her Uncle was a Dead Head who had a pretty decent collection, and a couple years later took me, her, and two of our friends to a concert at MSG in 1983. It was October. He had connections at the Garden and had us in the 6th row.

And yes, that was the night they broke out the first St. Stephen in 5 years.

Back to that old Ampex, though...I kept it with me way past the point where it was listenable on any level of tolerability. Just couldn't part with it. For one, it's a fantastic show....I could not stop listening to the Scarlet>Fire, no matter how hissy the tape got. (And really, there are no existing good sound sources for this show anyway, so it was a REALLY hard kisten...but that just speaks to how great the show is that I kept going back).

As the tape quality deteriorated, I compensated by re-writing the set list in newer tape sleeves...I would lovingly write out each song in the best handwriting I could muster, as if that would somehow keep the tape fresh.

It made it with me all the way thru college, and then after several moves to different places I lived after graduation. Finally one day the tape just started dragging worse than usual, and it just snapped in the player...gave up the ghost.

When I first discovered the acrhive it was one of the very first shows I DL'd.

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Poster: high flow Date: Mar 28, 2009 12:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Get out the way

I stole my brother's copy of 12/31/1982......hissy and warbled.....but the Etta James portion always(miraculously) sounded perfect.

A few years later a good friend gave me a box-o-bettys......life was never the same.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 28, 2009 4:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Get out the way

I have just converted a Maxell (sorry GC, only a couple of Ampex around the house) tape of the famed (?) Kingfish show in March, 1976, at the Roxy, and it sounds amazing...you could not detect the difference, I daresay, from any number of the top recordings here at the archive...I am constantly amazed by how good these tapes sound, 30 yrs later...I will admit they have NOT been played much the past 20.

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Poster: JC Edwards Date: Mar 29, 2009 4:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Get out the way

06/16/74 State Fair Grandstand, Des Moines,IA

That Eyes is to die for! :-)